As a highly developed city, it is surprising to find that proper waste management behavior has not yet been well-established in Hong Kong. In order to investigate the causes of this phenomenon, a study with a sample size of 1,001 was conducted. It has been found that most of the respondents were willing to participate in waste separation at the source, and the majority of them to separate waste were because of environmental protection reason, which contradicts the phenomenon seen in the landfill. The gap between the finding of the study and reality may be due to the fact that the respondents interviewed in this study were relatively young (mean age = 28.63), and most of them were students (60.2%). Therefore, the sample size may not be reflective of all Tuen Mun residents. However, it is encouraging to find that proper waste management behavior has been widely established among the younger generations in Tuen Mun. This study found that sex, age, occupation, situational responsibility, and accessibility to recycling facilities all play a significant role in causing pro-environmental behavior. This study also revealed that mass media, both print and digital, was widely perceived by the public as the most effective channel to promote proper waste management behavior.
Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University
Lingnan University Office of Service Learning (2011). Survey report: Understanding the preconceptions of local citizens in Tuen Mun regarding waste management. Hong Kong: Lingnan University Office of Service Learning. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/osl_research/2/